Fire crews to stage another 24-hour strike

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Fire crews are preparing for another walk-out in the ongoing national dispute over pensions.

The Fire Brigades Union is staging strike action as part of the dispute with the government over reform of firefighter pension schemes.

The FBU has decided to take 24 hours of strike action in England from 7am on Wednesday, February 25, until 7am on Thursday, February 26.

Paul Hedley, Deputy Chief Fire Officer for Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service, said: “As always, when there are periods of strike action, we’re asking everyone to remain extra vigilant.

“Although it hasn’t been a severe winter, people need to take care on the roads and leave plenty of time for journeys as lower temperatures can still bring icy conditions, increasing the risk of accidents.

“The public can be reassured we have robust plans in place to provide a fire and rescue response during industrial action and are again putting these plans in place. It’s important to stress it will not be business as usual however.

“We have also contacted businesses and other premises to assist them in further minimising the risk from fire and other emergencies.”

For more details on fire safety and precautions homes and businesses can take, go to www.northumberland.gov.uk